Google previously denied this, but is now admitting that they do in fact listen to people using Google Home smart speakers:
Google has admitted it gives workers access to some audio recordings from its Google Home smart speakers.
The technology giant said it uses language experts around the world to study a small number of audio “snippets” from users.
Google said this work helps with developing voice recognition and other technology in its Google Assistant artificial intelligence system, which is used in its Google Home smart speakers and Android smartphones.
The assistant understands and responds to voice commands given to it, answering queries about the news and weather as well as being able to control other internet-connected devices around the home.
In a statement, the company said a small number of anonymous recordings were transcribed by its experts, and revealed that an investigation had been launched after some Dutch audio data had been leaked.
“We partner with language experts around the world to improve speech technology by transcribing a small set of queries – this work is critical to developing technology that powers products like the Google Assistant,” Google said.